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Project: The B:Hive (Smales Farm Building 5)

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Leighs Construction Limited

Project Partners

BGT Structures Ltd (Engineer), eCubed (Engineer), Holmes Fire (Fire Engineer), Jasmax (Architect/Designer), Leighs Construction Limited (Construction Company), TSA Management Limited (Client Project Manager - Xigo), Whites Associates Limited (Client Quantity Surveyor), WSP (Engineer)

The B:Hive is a state of the art office building with a shared working environment suited for businesses with one to 250 employees. Providing short-term leasing options over five floors the building uses an adjustable partitioning system to accommodate the changing needs of tenants. Standout features are the central atrium with a curved timber balustrade, skylight and striking orange spiral staircase. These key construction details were challenging and required a high level of coordination. Using innovative and flexible infrastructures, the building showcases environmentally sustainable architecture - saving on energy and operating costs.

Project: The Rooftop

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SJR Builders

Project Partners

BCD Group (Engineer), Edwards White Architects Ltd (Architect/Designer), Stark Property (Owner)

The Rooftop is the final piece in the puzzle to complete The Riverbanks refurbishment. Adding a floor onto the top of any building presents the challenge of re-evaluating the building’s form and proportion. The construction team had to monitor and coordinate all of the sub trades involved to ensure they were mindful of the neighbouring residents and aware of the timing restrictions for working and receiving deliveries. The standout feature of the project was the cohesive look of the fifth floor with the existing building. It looked as if it had been there forever by successfully merging the old and the new with the other four levels of the building.

Project: Airways Air Traffic Control Facility

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NZ Strong Group Ltd

Project Partners

eCubed (Engineer), Protech Design (Fire Protection consultant), Rider Levett Bucknall (Client Quantity Surveyor), RTA Studio (Architect/Designer), Tonkin + Taylor (Engineer), TSA Management (Project Manager)

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Airways New Zealand
Auckland International Airport Limited

This project involved the design and construction of an air traffic control facility, built for Airways. The building is located on a brown field site, outside of Auckland International Airport’s ‘airside’ operations and is part of their wider urban development scheme. The building has a high architectural finish to reflect this, including a New Zealand first - mirror-finished aluminium composite cladding. One challenge was the technical aspect of the building having multiple functions. These included a data centre, above-ground bunker with the capacity to run a 24/7 operation through multiple emergency scenarios and a daily workplace. Engaging with Airway’s brief with all parties involved during the project lifecycle was key to the success of this project.

Project: Bowen State Building and NZ Defence House fitout (2)

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LT McGuinness

Project Partners

Aecom (Engineer), Holmes Consulting LP (Engineer), LT McGuinness Ltd (Construction Company), NDY (Norman Disney & Young) (Engineer), Planet Design (Architect/Designer), RCP (Project manager), TSA Management (Project manager), Warren and Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

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NZ Defence Force
Precinct Properties

The Bowen State Building is the nerve centre of the country’s security and defence systems. The project involved the 10-level building being demolished back to a concrete shell as well as a seismic upgrade. Four new board piles were required to hold and anchor two new 10-storey shear walls. In a technique untested before in Wellington on this scale, the four belled piles were linked as two sets by two massive transfer beams. The first six floors were also extended to the north and east in an annexe to provide a spaciousness not enjoyed by other high rises in Wellington’s downtown. The project took just under three years to complete.